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Marsha Cleaveland
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Grow your own tea?
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I saw this article on the Rodale site and wondered if anyone has tried to grow a tea bush in the low desert.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Feb 4, 2015.

Salad Greens in June
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This is the salad I…Continue

Tags: summer, greens, nasturtuim, amaranth, salad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Kirkland Jun 17, 2014.

Oily yellow substance in rainwater caught yesterday
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We have a substance we've never seen in our rain barrels before -- and I'm concerned due to the possibility of smoke/particulate matter from the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, which was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marsha Cleaveland Mar 26, 2011.

Anyone growing pigeon peas?

This perennial legume is good for food, for composting and for livestock.  I'm wondering if anyone is growing it here and has any tips to share, or possibly seeds to share. …Continue

Started Feb 2, 2011

 

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Marsha Cleaveland replied to Laragene Williams's discussion Need a home for a Brown Leghorn and her little red coop.
"Can't go forward with this now.  Hope someone else can adopt her."
Jul 10, 2015
Marsha Cleaveland replied to Laragene Williams's discussion Need a home for a Brown Leghorn and her little red coop.
"I'm interested.  Send me a message through VPA."
Jul 9, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Grow your own tea?
"I did try to grow tea several years ago and it was one of my fails because I know I did not have it in the right place, but decided to give it a go.  I want to try both tea and coffee again and when I get to it - I will update as I can."
Feb 4, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Grow your own tea?
"I agree tea would be difficult in most of the Valley. Tea will grow in pH6.5 soils.  Flood irrigated properties and properties that have extensive long standing wood chip soil improvements around here can hit that.  Whether tea would…"
Feb 3, 2015
Marsha Cleaveland posted a discussion

Grow your own tea?

I saw this article on the Rodale site and wondered if anyone has tried to grow a tea bush in the low desert.http://www.rodalenews.com/grow-your-own-teaOur winters are fairly mild, but amending the soil for an acid-loving plant would be an issue, as well as our blazing hot summers. Just wondering if anyone has made the attempt and has any wisdom to share.See More
Feb 2, 2015
Charlene Caron commented on Marsha Cleaveland's blog post Seed heads
"If you have extra seeds, please share the wealth with the vpa seed library donations are always welcome, come in and exchange your seeds for more free seeds!  "
Jun 28, 2014
Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome commented on Marsha Cleaveland's blog post Seed heads
"We save lettuce seed too - red romaine, black-seeded simpson, and red oak leaf. Also, lacinato kale, collards swiss chard, basil, arugula, and others. The biggest surprise and treat this year was letting the radicchio (red treviso) go to seed this…"
Jun 21, 2014
MaryMcP commented on Marsha Cleaveland's blog post Seed heads
"Wow!  Nice pictures.  What is orach?  I've saved lots of dill seed, bachelor buttons, broccoli and Thai basil."
Jun 21, 2014
De Ann commented on Marsha Cleaveland's blog post Seed heads
"I love watching plants seed!  I have lettuce ( just beginning to dry) and basil (already making new seedlings)  and  I saved all my cilantro seeds (coriander) a month ago.  Several of my annual flowers have dropped seed and are…"
Jun 20, 2014
Marsha Cleaveland replied to FrozenJoe's discussion Fig Trees
"We are growing Brown Turkeys with great success.  Our tree is about 7 years old and very productive.  Brown Turkey figs with a teaspoon for size comparison. See below for unripe vs. ripe on the tree. The joy of standing within the tree,…"
Jun 19, 2014
Karen Kirkland replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"Hmmm,  not at all what mine look like...wonder what I planted??  I will post a picture and see if someone can inform me.  I know it's happy and growing like crazy but it isn't anything like yours.   So, question for…"
Jun 17, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"Look forward to reading more about your gardening experiences."
Jun 17, 2014
Bruce Kauspedas replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"It's tropical, plant in the spring and keep from freezing and will come back every year."
Jun 17, 2014
Marsha Cleaveland replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"Beautiful assortment!  I have not tried stevia; do you plant it in the fall?"
Jun 17, 2014
Bruce Kauspedas replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"Nice salad, I was wondering if anyone was still picking produce from their garden. On Sunday with the kids coming over I went out a pick enough fixing for a big salad. Was able to find some stuff that wasn't cooked yet bell peppers, grape…"
Jun 17, 2014
MaryMcP replied to Marsha Cleaveland's discussion Salad Greens in June
"I love the malabar spinach.  I sowed my seeds about two months ago and they are covering a trellis.  Love to toss them in scrambled eggs right at the end, cover and let steam a bit.  Also like it raw."
Jun 17, 2014

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Having lived in the desert for 10 years, I want to see desert-adapted versions of our favorite foods.

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Seed heads

Winter and spring crops are going to seed.  Broccoli, quinoa, arugula, and chard seeds have been harvested and are drying, but romaine lettuce, parsley and orach seeds are still maturing.

Parsley flowers and seed heads…

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Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:28am — 4 Comments

Seed Scattering - Harvest your seed

Harvest  your Seed

Although the time is right for planting and growing winter crops (all lettuces;  brassicas such as broccoli, kale, turnips, collards, and cabbage; carrots and radishes; and many more) don’t forget to collect the seed from your summer and fall crops to plant next year.

Plants currently making seed in my garden include:  chili arbol, Malabar spinach, sunflowers, black-eyed peas and (hopefully) my moringa…

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:17am

Seed Scattering - Selecting Seeds

Selecting New Seeds?…

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Seed Scattering - Life Force

Our Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) produces abundant spears of flowers each spring, attracting hundreds of bees.  Later, green berries appear and dry through the summer on the tree.  Winter winds shake the brown, dry seeds down,…

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

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At 5:07pm on August 10, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
Your Moringa looks great! Get ready because it will be taking off now. Mine just turned 2 months old and is 4 1/2 ft tall already!

At 3:19pm on June 8, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
What can you tell me about those"Thrasher" birds? I have caught some birds pecking my sprouts, beans and squash, and pulling them out or tearing the leaves off without eating them. Punks!!! It's like they are little garden terrorists! I put strips of tin foil around the seedlings yesterday. It would be a shame to have to completely enclose every plant in netting.
At 3:15pm on June 8, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
I grew up eatting the leaves, Filipino-style, in Hawaii and it was called Kalamungay there. I purchased 10 seeds from Florida and have given away 4, killed 1, planted 1 and will be planting the other 4 in pots to see where they grow the best. My sister is going to send me some seeds from Hawaii, so I will let you know when they arrive and I'll be happy to share.
At 2:36pm on May 4, 2010, levi mason said…
welcome to the guild!
 
 
 

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